March 25, 2022
My name is Grace Striker, and I’m the memory care director here at Vitalia Senior Living – Westlake. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to take a moment to celebrate Mary, one of our neighborhood residents!
Mary Lou J. has a degree in education and music, and played both harp and piano in her college orchestra. After college, Mary Lou taught in primary schools for several years. Along with a partner, she had her own PR company. One of her clients was the Cleveland Science Museum.
Mary Lou was the Cuyahoga County President of the League of Women Voters, and was later elected the state of Ohio President of the League of Women Voters. She became an accomplished public speaker, and was featured on television programs on behalf of the League, stressing the importance of voting. The most important accomplishment for Mary Lou was being the mother of three, the grandmother of two, and the great grandmother of two!
Just because people have this horrible brain disease does not mean their lives are any less important. Their stories need to be shared. Their legacy and memories are in our hands to keep alive and keep sharing. They lived valuable and important lives, and we need to treat them as such. That is why it is so important to honor their stories and history.
Here at Westlake we like to sit and talk…a lot. Staff will often share stories of their lives with residents, who then chime in with their memories and similar experience. Our MCSP Carol enjoys leading a discussion where she asks residents questions about their lives and then will also have them come up with questions for each other. They can range from “Did you grow up in a city or country?” “Do you have siblings?” ” How far did you live from your church?” to “Have you ever been divorced?” Anything and everything is on the table, and it leads to fun discussions!
For more HERstories, check out these recent episodes of Arrow Nicely News!
VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers lindependent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Dover Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located right of Hwy 20, just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.
November 25, 2022
As I reflect on the last year, I am filled with gratitude for the challenges and successes we have faced and accomplished as a community. I am grateful for Arrow Senior Living giving me the chance in December 2021 to join the organization and I am grateful for Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake and our […]
November 11, 2022
When considering senior living, the Veterans Administration offers a pension potentially available to war era veterans and surviving spouses called Aid & Attendance. This information may not be easy to understand. Below is a snapshot of how this benefit may be useful to you or a loved one. The pension is a reimbursement to help […]